facebook南京夜網/CricketNSWAfter a terrific finish to the Test summer beating Pakistan 3-0, the challenge of next month’s Indian tour now looms large.
India is an amazing place to visit with a different culture and a great passion for cricket but it is a tough place to play.
Recent history tells us that over the past 10 years India has lost just four of 49 Tests at home – two to South Africa and two to England.
Touring there tests you physically and mentally. It puts every area of your skill and resilience under the microscope.
To stand up and play well in India is to announce yourself as a world class team and that is what we want to do.
We may have to play ugly to score runs and take wickets. Captain Steve Smith talked about adapting to the conditions.
The most important thing I found when I toured there four years ago was adjusting to the type of wickets we’ll be playing on.
They’re going to be spin-friendly?but India’s batsmen are probably the best players of spin in the world, so we’re going to have to be patient.
In India, Test matches tend to start slowly but they can speed up very quickly. It’s about hanging in there and trying to win the big moments throughout the day.
Most of our new-look team have never played a Test in India. With all the recent changes only Steve Smith, David Warner, Matt Wade and myself are survivors from 2013. Seven of us remain from last year’s tour of Sri Lanka, which presented similar conditions.
But there is an energy and a belief in this young group which we saw during the second half of the summer. The way they play their natural game gives me the confidence we can climb cricket’s biggest mountain.
I have been particularly impressed with Peter Handscomb, who in just four Tests has shown himself to be a world class cricketer.
For a young player to come in under difficult circumstances and play with the freedom to score two centuries and two half-centuries in his first four Tests says volumes about his character – both on and off the field.
We played some great cricket in Melbourne to win a match which appeared as though it had been ruined by rain, and I particularly enjoyed the last Test in Sydney on my home ground.
We played more great cricket to dominate that match and I was delighted to be paired up again with fellow New South Wales spinner Steve O’Keefe, in the first time in a while two spinners have played in a winning Australian side.
We’re good mates and complement each other with our bowling – not just because we spin the ball in opposite directions.
I tend to come over the ball and gain more turn and bounce whereas Steve is very accurate, always attacking the stumps and creating subtle chances.
While no one can predict the future and the touring squad is yet to be chosen, I believe Steve and I can be vital members of the team in India.
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